Fine Art Deco Platinum, Diamond, and Gem-set Plaque Brooch, Boucheron, Paris, c. 1925, with finely carved mother-of-pearl flowers and cabochon sapphires and old European-cut diamonds, framed by old single-cut diamonds, millegrain accents, the reverse with floral and foliate engraving, lg. 3 1/8 in., French guarantee stamps, signed Boucheron, Paris.
Note: Similar examples in this style aree pictured in Boucheron by Gilles Neret, p. 86-92.
Provenance: The Coda Collection
Artist and illustrator Corinne Davidov launched The Coda Collection at the Marche aux Puces, in Paris, in the mid-1960s with the purchase of Pierre Turin's bronze medallion commemorating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, the world's fair that heralded the modern age of design.
The visual world of Jazz Age Paris, city of Picasso, Matisse, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel and the Ballets Russes, became the focal points of the collection and a reference and inspiration for Davidov's work. Co-author of The Bakelite Jewelry Book, with Ginny Redington Dawes, Davidov sought out pieces that reflected the spirit of the period, elegant and streamlined, colorful and witty, bold and modern.
On the 90th anniversary of the landmark Art Deco exposition, Skinner is pleased to offer several important pieces from the Coda Collection. A second offering (featuring costume jewelry, paintings, and objets d'art) will come to auction in the fall of 2015.
Overall good condition, minor wear. Some minor abrasions to sapphire cabochons. Diamonds are near colorless, VS-SI clarity. Evidence of very minor glue residue visible only with magnification.
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